David Westfall

PhD Candidate – New Testament

Naperville, Illinois, USA

MDiv – Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (South Hamilton, MA)
BA – Classics – Calvin College (Grand Rapids, MI)

Research Topic
‘Substitution and Participation in the Writings of Paul: A Study of Four Texts’
Supervised by Prof. N. T. Wright

David’s thesis concerns the relationship between substitution and participation in Christ in Romans, 2 Corinthians, and Galatians, demonstrating the mutual interdependence of these motifs as well as the former’s degree of similarity and dissimilarity to ‘penal substitutionary atonement’ as espoused in contemporary evangelicalism.

Other Information
David’s academic interests include New Testament studies (with a particular focus on Paul), sacrifice in the Hebrew Bible and Second Temple Judaism, and the theology of Atonement in the Christian tradition. His non-academic interests include reading novels, hiking, and anything related to Star Wars. Until recently, he lived in St. Andrews with his wife, Anna, and two children (Samuel and Titus).